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Grading

Grading Scale and Grade Points

Grade Definition Grade Points per Credit Hour
A+4.333
AExcellent4.000
A-3.667
B+3.333
BGood3.000
B-2.667
C+2.333
CSatisfactory ("Passing" for graduate students)2.000*
C-1.667
D+1.333
DMarginal1.000
D-.667
FFailing0.000

*For the most current information regarding this regulation, please view the full regulation.

Grade Point Average

The number of credit hours attempted in a semester or summer session (for which grades of A, B, C, D (including plus/minus), or F are received) is divided into the total number of grade points earned to arrive at the Grade Point Average (GPA). The Grade Point Average will be calculated to three decimal points to a maximum of 4.000.

For example, if a student takes 16 credit hours, earning an A in two 3-credit courses, a B in one 3-credit course, and a B in one 2-credit course, a C in a 3-credit course, and an F in a 2-credit course, the grade point average would be:

Example GPA Calculation (45)

  • 6 (credits of A) x 4 (grade points per credit hour) = 24
  • 5 (credits of B) x 3 (grade points per credit hour) = 15
  • 3 (credits of C) x 2 (grade points per credit hour) = 6
  • 2 (credits of F) x 0 (grade points per credit hour) = 0

The total number of grade points earned (45) divided by the number of credit hours attempted (16) equals the grade point average, in this case 2.813.

Grading Guidelines

All instructors at NC State use the plus/minus grading scale in their courses. The plus/minus grading scale does not apply to courses that are taken on a pass-fail basis.

Students enrolled in any section of a multiple section course in which the material, the sequencing of its treatment, and the examination are common to all sections should be graded on the same scale.

The following grades are not used in the calculation of grade point averages.

Grade Description
SSatisfactory (Credit-only) some courses are only available as S/U
UUnsatisfactory (Credit-only)
CRCredit by Examination or Advanced Placement
INIncomplete (Student works with instructor but instructor's decision)
LATemporarily Late (Instructor posts grades after deadline)
AUAudit
NRNo Recognition Given for Audit
WWithdraw or Late Drop

 See following section on description of letter grades.

Description of Letter Grades

D - Marginal. This grade is used to recognize that a student’s performance was marginal but clearly better than that of students who receive an F.

F - Failing. This grade is used to indicate that the student has failed the course and will not receive any credit for the course.

S - Satisfactory. This grade is used as a passing grade to be awarded only when the quality of the student’s work is judged to be C- or higher level. It is used as the passing grade for students who are taking free elective courses under the credit-only option, and for courses designated as pass/fail courses for grading purposes. It may also be used for certain courses such as orientation courses, seminars, and research problems, in which regular grades are not appropriate. Students should check with their adviser before changing a course to S/U status as it may affect graduation requirements.

U - Unsatisfactory. This grade is used to indicate that the student is not to receive credit for a credit-only or other course for which the passing grade would be S (Satisfactory).

CR - Credit. This grade is used by the registrar to indicate course credit received by examination or advanced placement as certified by appropriate departments or colleges. This grade shall be awarded only when the advanced placement testing indicates that the quality of the student’s work in the course would have been expected to be of C- or higher level.

IN - Incomplete. This grade is used as a temporary grade. At the discretion of the instructor, students may be given an IN grade for work not completed because of a serious interruption in their work not caused by the student’s negligence. An IN must not be used, however, as a substitute for an F when the student’s performance in the course is deserving of an F. An IN is only appropriate when the student’s record in the course is such that the successful completion of particular assignments, projects, or tests missed as a result of a documented serious event would enable that student to pass the course. Work undertaken to make up the IN grade should be limited to the missed work.

An IN grade must be made up by the end of the next regular semester (not including summer sessions) in which the student is enrolled, provided that this period is not longer than twelve months from the end of the semester or summer session in which the work was due. In the event that the instructor or department offering the course is not able to provide a student with the opportunity to make up the incomplete work by the end of the next regular semester in which the student is enrolled or within twelve months, whichever is shorter, the instructor or department offering the course must notify the Department of Registration and Records of the date of the extended deadline for removing the IN grade.

Any IN grade not removed by the end of the next regular semester in which the student is enrolled or by the end of twelve months, whichever is shorter, or by the extended deadline authorized by the instructor or the department offering the course and recorded by the Department of Registration and Records will automatically become a Failing (F) grade and will count as a course attempted.

Students should not register again for courses in which they have IN grades; such registration does not remove IN grades, and the completion of the course on the second occasion will automatically result in an F for the incomplete course.

When a graduating senior received an IN, the following procedures apply:

  1. If the course is needed for graduation, the student will not be allowed to graduate until the work has been made up.
  2. If the course is not needed for graduation, the college dean must notify, in writing, the Department of Registration and Records either

            (a) That the course and the IN grade are to be deleted from the student’s records

            (b) Or that permission has been given for the IN to remain and that a deadline has been                   established for the completion of the course. In the event that the course is                                  subsequently not completed satisfactorily, the college dean shall notify, in writing, the                   Department of Registration and Records that the course and the IN grade should be                   deleted from the student’s record or that the IN should be changed to F.

LA- Temporarily Late. An emergency symbol to be used only when grades cannot be reported on time by the teaching department or the instructor. The LA differs from the IN grade in that the student receiving the LA has completed the work of the course including the examination.

The LA should not be used by a teaching department or the instructor unless it is absolutely necessary. When it is used the following procedure applies:

  1. Grade Submission must be entered at the regularly scheduled time with the LA clearly indicated; and
  2. A Grade Change Report form must be secured from the Department of Registration and Records, completed, and returned at the earliest possible time and not later than 15 days after the final examination.

The semester grade reports of those students who receive an LA will not be complete. This situation often causes students to be uninformed as to their academic eligibility and as to the correctness of their schedule for the following semester.

W- Withdrawal/Late Drop. Used on student’s grade reports and transcripts to indicate all courses for which they have received official approval to drop or from which they have received official approval to withdraw after the deadlines for dropping.

Grade Reports

Grades are posted online when instructors submit them in MyPack Portal or to the Department of Registration and Records. Students may access term grades via MyPack Portal - Requires your Unity ID and password.

Students may come in person to the Department of Registration and Records, 1000 Harris Hall, and request a printed copy of grades for their last enrolled term. The student must show a picture ID to receive grades. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.